Yuma Fire Department Press Releases
From Sunday December 24, 2017 through Saturday December 30, 2017 the Yuma Fire Department responded to 300 emergency calls for service:
- 11 General Fire Response
Including: A small fire in a mechanical room of a packing shed in addition to a small ammonia leak contained to that same room, a fire outside of a mobile home, a restaurant stove top fire, and various alarms
- 7 Mutual Aid
Including: Called to assist Rural Metro with 5 medical emergencies in the County and 2 in Winterhaven, CA
- 12 Motor Vehicle Crashes
Including: 1 involving a house, 1 involving 3 vehicles, 1 involving a pedestrian, and 1 involving a pole
- 252 Other Medical Emergencies (serious to minor)
Including: 45 for difficulty breathing, 29 for chest pain, 33 for falls, 16 for unconscious people, 9 seizure cases, 6 possible stroke cases, 4 for intoxicated persons, 2 drug overdoses, 7 for people with psychiatric problems, 3 for medical alarms, 2 for a child locked in a vehicle, 1 for choking, 19 for altered or decreased level of consciousness, 2 for diabetic emergencies, 4 for man down calls, 1 for bad headaches, 1 for an assault, 5 for back pain, 10 for abdominal pain, 1 pregnancy related, 1 for deceased person, 1 for a 2year old who applied fingernail polish around their eyes, and other illnesses and injuries
- 18 Special Duty, Public Assistance, and Residential Assignments
Including: 1 for a person stuck in an elevator, 4 for strong smells of gas in or around residences, 1 for downed power lines, and various alarms
This time of year, periods of warmer weather can be followed by high winds and even storms. When storms happen, the Yuma Fire Department will normally respond to a variety of related calls for blown transformers, lines down, poles on fire, etc. This is not an uncommon occurrence during rain/wind storms and Yuma residents are asked to use extra caution when these events occur.
When power is out to the lights that control an intersection, treat that intersection like you would a 4-way stop. This is not just a good suggestion, it is the law. Use extra caution, plenty of patience, and don’t drive through areas where the power is out unless it absolutely necessary. If you must go out, be sure to drive appropriately for conditions. Leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front of you, and slow down. And NEVER drive into flooded areas.
Treat all downed wires as if they were power lines and live. Even if they are temporarily not electrified, that may change. These lines can be VERY dangerous and merely stepping on them could cost you your life. When power is out, resist the temptation to go “sightseeing”. You may find the cause of the outage, with tragic results.
For more information about fire and injury prevention classes we offer, contact the Yuma Fire Department Public Information Office at 373-4855, you can also “Follow” us at www.twitter.com/YumaFireDept